Levelling Up The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean has been awarded £20 million from the Government’s Levelling Up fund.

The successful bid is a huge achievement involving partnership between Hartpury University as well as Cinderford Town Council and the District Council, liaising with my office and I throughout the process.

I’ve been pleased to do my bit in helping to deliver this money, personally meeting with Ministers including Rishi Sunak, the then Chancellor, over many months to persuade them that this project is 100% worth the investment. I’m delighted it paid off.

It’s an ambitious, exciting project that will deliver a new leisure & community hub at Five Acres, Coleford and a new Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Learning Centre at Hartpury University & College, as well as a regeneration of Cinderford Town Centre.

Good progress on all three portions of the project has already been made and I have been taking a keen interest in how it is getting on, paying a number of visits to view work on the sites and attending quarterly meetings with Forest of Dean Levelling Up Fund Programme Board.


Levelling Up Fund Quarterly Board Meeting - November 2023

Last Friday I attended the Quarterly Levelling Up Fund Delivery – Programme Board Meeting at The Growth Hub at Vantage Point, Mitcheldean.

The multi-site regeneration continues across the Forest of Dean, with the three partners involved delivering as promised.

New funding secured for the Music Works in Cinderford

I am pleased to share the news that the Music Works has secured £923,413 of funding from the Youth Investment Fund, for their new Cinderford Hub. That’s significant investment from central government for young people in the Cinderford area.